As much as we like to give Hollywood grief for its originality problem and nostalgia-baiting, we have to admit: every now and then, it works. Like in the case of the new Twisters trailer.
The follow-up to the beloved 1996 disaster flick starring the late Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Cary Elwes, and Jami Gertz has been in development for years — first as a true sequel, then as a remake helmed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, and now as a standalone sequel.
Which basically means the two films are related though not explicitly connected in linear story. Or a “current-day chapter” of the ongoing mythology, according to Universal Pictures, which has contributed significantly to a reported $200 million production budget.
Written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (Minari, The Mandalorian), Twisters follows Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser who — similar to Hunt’s Jo Harding — is haunted by a tornado-induced tragedy from her past. Because of this, she now studies storm patterns from the safety of a screen in New York City.
Kate soon finds herself back in the field when her friend Javi (Anthony Ramos) lures her out to test a groundbreaking new tracking system; one that looks remarkably similar to the Dorothy prototype conceived by Paxton’s Bill Harding. There, she crosses paths with storm-chasing social media personality Tyler Owens (Glenn Powell), who appears to be your archetypal smugly-charming adrenaline junkie maverick.
The main cast is joined by Brandon Perea, Sasha Lane, Daryl McCormack, Kiernan Shipka, as well as Nik Dodani, Maura Tierney, Harry Hadden-Paton, Tunde Adebimpe, Katy O’Brian, as well as the latest live-action Superman, David Corenswet.
Twisters starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glenn Powell, and Anthony Ramos hits cinemas on July 19th, 2024 — check out the trailer above.